Perched above the city, chilling beverage in hand is the ideal way to appreciate the fleeting glory of warm nights in Minnesota. What began as a small trend in the cities has grown into an impressive selection of rooftop bars serving all manner of food and views. So, whether searching out an ideal spot for sharing a feast of French fries, or an impress-a-date twinkling fancy vibe, there’s a rooftop bar suited to the experience.Read More
14 Glorious Twin Cities Rooftop Bars with the Best Views
Take in the city and a sip
1. Hewing Hotel
This rooftop only just opened to the public and it’s pretty swank. There’s a pool and a killer bar program. What more could summer ever need?
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2. Graze Food Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55401
The North Loop’s new communal patio is open inside Graze. The food hall’s second story rooftop patio offers amazing views of the downtown Minneapolis skyline, Target Field, and dazzling sunsets. There are plenty of local food options from blistered crispy-shelled empanadas, snappy poke, sumptuous soul food bowls, mega quesadillas, and a proper pit beef sandwich. Save room for dessert from Honey & Rye or maybe just one more Manhattan.
3. Seven Sushi Ultralounge And Skybar
Seven has a baller rooftop that’s perfect for spotting athletes and celebrities visiting downtown Minneapolis. After 8pm you can reserve a spot in the exclusive VIP area with bottle service.
4. Union Restaurant & Rooftop
The rooftop patio offers views of the Graves Hotel and the Pantages Theater and has become home to the wildly popular drag brunches from Flip Phone events.
5. Brit's Pub & Eating Establishment
The multi-level rooftop patio at Brit's always has a lot going on: lawn bowling, annual summer movies, televised sporting events on the big screen, and even Shakespeare on the lawn.
6. 4 Bells
This dog-friendly rooftop affords stunning views of Loring Park and the nearby Basilica of St. Mary. The restaurant serves fresh, Southern fare and now has well-known chef Scott Pampuch running the kitchen.
7. Ox Cart Arcade & Rooftop
Stunning views of CHS Field and Lowertown make this bar a go-to stop for Saint Paul summer. Now under the leadership of Justin Sutherland and his team, the vibe is decidedly 90s, hip, and fun.
8. LynLake Brewery
LynLake Brewery has a gorgeous rooftop bar with food delivery from a couple of neighborhood restaurants including World Street Kitchen, Taco Cat, and Galactic Pizza.
This Lyn-Lake sake house has one of the o.g. rooftop bars, overlooking Lyn/Lake. Cruise by for happy hour, a sip of the only locally brewed sake around, and maybe a steamed bun or two.
A good time Uptown rooftop lounge serving meaty dishes from down below and adult Capri Sun-style drinks for those that are into that sort of thing.
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11. Amore Uptown
This Italian bistro affords gorgeous views of Uptown and the busy traffic on Lake Street below. Order a plate of homey pasta and a bottle of affordable wine.
12. Louis Ristorante
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Cosetta's Louis Ristorante rooftop has amazing views of the city's downtown skyline, St. Paul Cathedral, and Mississippi River bluffs. Order the arancini, little fried rice balls and a Manhattan to pair with the old school Italian vibes of the restaurant.
13. The Lexington
Saint Paul, MN 55105
This rooftop above the old school St. Paul restaurant has a tiki touch, plus frosé and bar snacks including incredible wings.
14. The Liffey Irish Pub
This St. Paul rooftop patio is walking distance to the Xcel Energy Center with traditional Irish fare and a fast pour on the Jameson. The proper Guinness pour takes just a bit more time, but it’s worth it.